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Poster: latebutdeadicated Date: Aug 22, 2007 6:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: close encounters

i know that there was at least one show (?77 or 78?) where the boys played a "Close Encounters Jam" either as a part of a Terrapin or close to it.

?which show or shows?

thanks

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Aug 22, 2007 7:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

Oh shit, I think I was at that show. It was on top of a mountain out west somewhere in the late 70', we had to sneak in by climbing up the side. They had this killer moog/wall of sound thing with a giant visual display. I was so tweaked I felt like I was on another planet. Weird crowd of heads that night man.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 22, 2007 7:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

You mean the Devil's Tower show? Yeah, out of this world. Well, until these little dudes with three fingers crashed the gate.

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Aug 22, 2007 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

Yeah man, I got strict nine cramps reall bad from blotter because all I ate that day were a big pile of mashed potatoes. The cops were a bumber at that show, they were chasing us gate crashers in choppers. They were holding up shit in the parking lot and someone was trying to sell Anthraxx tickets or something. I couldn't tell what was going on, I thought Anthraxx didn't come out until the 80's? The Space>drums>alien invasion was nice.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 22, 2007 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

Space>Drums>Alien Invasion? Excellent.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Aug 22, 2007 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

78. I asked about this a while back. maybe November but not sure. really cool stuff

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Aug 22, 2007 7:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

Are you talking about 1/22/78 at U of Oregon? Jerry references "Close Encounters" prior to St. Stephen. I'm not aware of any show where it's part of Terrapin.

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Poster: latebutdeadicated Date: Aug 22, 2007 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

you are right about the Terrapin reference, i think that tape i had of that show had a great Terrapin on it, strange how the mind works. not sure if it was from the same show or just filler...

thanks for the info

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 22, 2007 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

Hey SB--I think you are right on.

I know, I know--WTF is Tell doing talking about a 78 show? But, based on tips from Dire (what? I took his word?) and Arbuthnot, this was one (1-22-78) of the first post 71 shows I looked up when I arrived here way back when asking for some advice about how to find real energy in post 71 shows to suite my 68 tastes...

This was defn one of them--and I have that Jam going into StSt to prove it. Many mentioned it by that name ("encounters" jam) so I believe you are right.

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Poster: sel2ims Date: Aug 22, 2007 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

Greeting from area 50........we never quite made it farming on the moon back then, but then there was Eygpt.

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Poster: Poicephalus Date: Aug 22, 2007 12:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

As others posted, the show you refer to is 1/22/78. My first Dead show was 1/13/78, nine days earlier.

I saw the show in a local movie theater (Arlington). Although you can't hear it in many spots on the circulating board, Jerry was noodling with the Twlight Zone theme at that show, mostly between songs. You can hear strong hints of it in the Space jam of that show. The band played around with that theme a little until the full-blown version on 1/22.

I post over at Deadhook, too, and we have an archive of show reviews. I wrote the following one for 1/13/78.

1/13/78, Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
Pacific Alliance Benefit -- “Stop Nuclear Power”

Set 1
Mississippi 1/2 Step
Mexicali Blues>
Big River
Candyman
All Over Now
Brown-Eyed Women
Beat It On Down the Line
Friend of the Devil
Lazy Lightning>
Supplication

Set 2
Bertha>
Good Lovin’
Sunrise
Dancin’ In the Streets>
Drums>
Wharf Rat>
Truckin’>
Around & Around
E: Sugar Magnolia


Comments:

In late 1977, one of my sisters asked me if I wanted to go to a Grateful Dead concert. She was going to the show with her boyfriend and offered to pick up a pair of tickets for me. I jumped at the chance, having heard from friends that Grateful Dead shows were amazing musical events. I was familiar with the band’s music from albums like Europe ‘72 and Live Dead but wasn’t exactly a big fan. I was intrigued by the Grateful Dead mystique, though. The fans seemed to share in something special that I didn’t quite understand.

The concert was held at a local theater, an old, historic place called the Arlington. I have seen many shows there -- symphonies, ballets, numerous concerts and countless weekend movie matinees. The interior of the Arlington is pretty special. Along both sides and rear of the theater are ornamental “houses” and “shops” with patios, doors, windows and balconies. At first glance the storefronts and cottages may seem fake, but there are actual rooms and passages behind the doors, something my friends and I had discovered while sneaking into weekend movies. The ceiling of the Arlington is covered with tiny lights that simulate stars, completing the ambiance of an outdoor concert in the middle of some small town.

I attended 1/13/78 with my sister, her boyfriend and a good friend of mine. The day of the show happened to fall on a Friday the 13th, a fact not lost on the crowd. It was a benefit concert to stop nuclear power, which was another interesting twist. Hopes ran high for something special that night. Would we get a Dark Star? Several people in attendance thought it was a strong possibility. (I later learned to take most Grateful Dead rumors with a grain of salt.)

Well, we didn’t get a Dark Star that night but what we got was pretty damn good. In my opinion, this show ranks as one of the Dead’s most underrated performances. You don’t see 1/13/78 get mentioned very often, but when you do it’s rave reviews. The first set kicked off with a strong Mississippi 1/2 Step. The show was right after Jerry recovered from a case of laryngitis, and his voice was still a bit scratchy. I remember thoroughly enjoying the first set. I knew several of the songs, but not all.

Set break was part of my big introduction to Deadhead culture. People were huddled in groups on the lobby floor, chatting, laughing, smoking and ingesting various party favors. I met some great people who burned a few joints with my friend and me. By the time we got back to our seats for the second set, our eyes were crimson slits.

The second set kicked off with Bertha, a song I already knew and loved. The real meat of the show came a few songs later when the band launched into an epic version of Dancin’. This was a serious jam, with Phil and Jerry leading the way. It was this part of the show where I “got it.” At that point my fate was sealed, and I’ve been a Deadhead ever since. Jerry’s voice began to crack during Wharf Rat -- a sign that he had not fully recovered from the laryngitis -- so Bob took over and finished the show with Truckin’>Around & Around. Then we got a rare Sugar Magnolia encore.

One thing I distinctly remember from 1/13/78 was Jerry noodling with the Close Encounters riff. He toyed with it while tuning between songs and also a little bit during the Dancin’ jam. I found this amusing, because I had seen the Close Encounters movie recently in the exact same theater. Several shows during that January ‘78 West Coast tour have little hints of the Close Encounters theme. The full-blown Close Encounters jam came on 1/22/78 in Oregon, nine days after the show I saw.

The crowd was buzzing with excitement and approval as the show let out. My friend and I were already planning to hit another Dead show as soon as possible. Little did we know, the band would return to our small town for an outdoor concert just five months later. Those were the days!

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Poster: Ssag Date: Aug 22, 2007 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: close encounters

http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-01-22.sbd.popi.4974.sbeok.shnf

There was only one that I know of.